We all have busy lives and one of the most challenging things these days is ensuring you are maintaining your healthy lifestyle on the run. Between jobs, school, kid’s activities and getting to your favorite Bootique Fitness class on time, sometimes it’s easier to hit that drive thru or office candy jar for your 3:00 pm pick me up.
Here you will find some quick, easy and healthy on-the-go snacks that will help you avoid the afternoon hunger slump and won’t add to your waistline.
Jerky: Whether it’s beef, turkey or some other exotic animal, jerky is a great high protein snack that is portable and easy to store. Be mindful of sodium and sugar content when choosing your jerky as some brands can be high in not so great additives, but most natural, low-sodium brands are a great choice.
Mixed nuts or trail mix: Trail mix is an excellent source of healthy fats and protein. There are lots of pre-packaged brands you can buy, which can be convenient, but it’s best to make your own so you know what’s going into your mix. Check out the bulk bins at your local grocery store to maximize your choices. Almonds, peanuts, cashews, raisins, dried fruit, dark chocolate, or banana chips are all great, healthy options. Pay attention to portion sizes and eat each nut individually rather than throwing a handful into your mouth.
Tuna Pouches: Fish may not be the first thing you think of when considering portable, durable snacks, but tuna pouches are a great, shelf stable way to pack in the protein with minimal calories. There are several brands to choose from and some now have fun flavors like Tapatio and Buffalo Style that are sure to give your taste buds a kick.
Energy Balls: Also found in the bulk bins at your local grocer, energy bites are little balls of protein delight. They are also super easy to make at home with a few key ingredients like peanut butter, oats, flax, honey and chocolate chips. Just mix the ingredients and refrigerate….no baking required! Search ‘energy balls’ on our blog to find several great recipes.
Roasted Chickpeas: An excellent source of protein and fiber, this easy to make snack can be prepared in bulk at the beginning of the week and portioned out into single servings to keep in your car, at your desk, or anywhere else you may find yourself reaching for a bite. Just bake with olive oil and your choice of seasonings and you can be confident you have a filling and healthy option next time hunger strikes.
If you keep these and other nutritious snacks on hand, you can avoid derailing your healthy lifestyle with unhealthy choices just because you are in a rush. A little planning will go a long way on your path to foodie success.